Many are the reasons for thinking Arthur Scargill is a dick. Mine is how his tactics during the miners' strike made clear he failed to take his political theories seriously – if there is a working class and it is engaged in class struggle with an oppressive ruling class, then you work on the basis said ruling class ain’t going to roll on its back for a tickle when you ask for more (and dear lord they didn’t).
That was then. The credit crunch and subsequent run of banking scandals have made clear we are still ruled by a ruling class and that our society, polity and economy are structured in ways that favour them over us. Like seriously, it;s as blatant as toffs in top hats exercising droit seigneur in the town square.
Obviously, I’m a paranoid, leftie trot. Obviously. Except then you compare/contrast how the state treated the fuck nuggets who took part in the shopping riots with that of the people who caused the credit crunch in Britain, bent the interest rates (and potentially loads of other price indices) used to price gazillions worth of lending and assets globally, facilitated Mexican drug cartel money laundering, missold financial products on an industrial scale and so on and so on.
So on the one hand, the fuck nuggets were rounded up pronto and rushed thru all night courts that dished out exemplary sentances left, right and centre e.g. the two Dundee teenagers who were arrested in August, and given 3 years in December for trying to organise a riot on Facebook that didn’t actually take place.
By contrast, years after the event, one bloke has just been charged here with offences of conspiracy to defraud years after the actual event. One. Am guessing one reason for the delay here was that the SFO and FSA (as was) tried to debate whether what was very obviously a criminal offence was actually a criminal offence (it was, there shouldn’t have been any debate).
As for causing the credit crunch in Britain, industrialised misselling and so forth? Well, 2 blerks are no longer knights and have given up a bit of the huge pensions they’re already getting paid at an age an increasing majority of people can only dream of retiring at. At the same time loads of the other execs who got paid shed loads to do all this have moved on to the hardship that is sitting on the board of companies smaller than the ones they ran into the ground or else early retired to a Portugese golf course. As for money laundering, well the CEO at the time became a government minister. That'll teach 'em.
You’re right you really couldn’t make it up. And yet, despite all of that, fiscal austerity and all of the associated and vile strivers vs skivers bile appears to have genuinely popular political support i.e. some poor sod who hasn’t been able to get a job for over a year is apparently the real cause of Britain’s current economic malaise. And the disabled, especially the disabled.
Sociologically, for me, this provides a useful perspective on Mike Savage’s Great British Class Survey. He says there’s 7 classes? I say arse. There’s a single, coherent, ruling class that occassionally takes in the most ambitious and capable plebs (but only ever on an individual basis) and then there’s everybody else. Really, all the schemata presented in the Class Survey proves is that beneath the ruling class lies an incoherent, sky-plus numbed mass that can be randomly sliced and diced into whatever categories you want because they’re no more meaningful, conscious or aligned than the kind of dreck marketing firms spew out at regular intervals; they’re certainly not the kind of classes Arthur Scargill failed to recognise.